Zardari’s tongue-cutting case: Names of officers removed from ECL

Former police officers are wanted in the case of wounding tongue of Zardari during torturous interrogation.

Adil Jawwad November 30, 2013
Former president Asif Ali Zardari. PHOTO: AFP/FILE


The federal government has removed the names of former inspector general police of Sindh Rana Maqbool and DIG Karachi Farooq Amin Qureshi from the exit control list (ECL).

Both the former police officers are wanted in the case of wounding the tongue of Asif Ali Zardari during torturous interrogation when he was imprisoned in the second tenure of Nawaz Sharif.

Rana Maqbool had filed a case against Zardari for causing injury to himself in jail.

When the table turned in 1999 and Nawaz government was wound up by Pervez Musharraf, the then IG Rana Maqbool was also implicated in the airplane hijacking case along with Nawaz Sharif and his compatriots.

In 2008, when Asif Ali Zardari became the president, the tongue cutting case became active, but Rana Maqbool and Farooq Qureshi stayed in Punjab under the wings of PML-N and refused to appear for any court hearing claiming threats to their lives.

The PPP government’s interior minister Rehman Malik had put the names of these two ex-police officers on ECL.

Now, under PML-N government, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar has directed removing names of Rana Maqbool and Farooq Amin Qureshi from ECL.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 30th, 2013.


Ricky | 9 years ago | Reply

It is only fair that all elected Sindh politicians be tried in LHC and detained by non-Sindhi police and military officials. They can do anything when power drunk but what happened to them in East Pakistan and those who took action against MQM in the past? How long can these criminals escape in Punjab under those who had attacked SC while in session?

Observer | 9 years ago | Reply In theory Pakistan is an idealogical nation. In practice it is a barbaric country. A nation where people get hanged and flogged in public, elected prime minister gets hanged by a military man, thousands are eleminated by violence. Pakistan sends "non-state actors" to neighbouring countries to cause death and destruction. Why are we so abnormal, can anyone answer. Will we ever improve??.
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